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Apr 24, 2015

Europe needs strong will to tackle migrants: Australian minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Australia’s tough policies have stopped migrants reaching the country by boat and Europe will need strong will to tackle boat migrants in the Mediterranean, Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Julie Bishop said NATO ambassadors had discussed the thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East taking to dangerous, overcrowded vessels to try to reach Europe, during a meeting in Brussels she took part in on Friday.

Apr 23, 2015

Kiev to ask EU to send experts to eastern Ukraine

BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine will ask the European
Union next Monday to send experts to eastern Ukraine to carry
out missions ranging from removing mines to training police, its
ambassador in Brussels said on Thursday.

Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said Ukraine would raise the issue at
a Kiev summit between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European
Council President Donald Tusk.

Apr 22, 2015

EU leaders to boost rescue operations after migrant boat disaster

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders, under pressure to act to stop more migrants dying in the Mediterranean, will agree at a crisis summit on Thursday to boost search and rescue operations and step up the fight against traffickers.

Public outrage over the death of up to 900 migrants last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya has led EU governments to reverse last year’s decision to scale down search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

Apr 20, 2015

EU promises to act over migrant crisis after Mediterranean disaster

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.

Many European governments have long been reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe, but they now face outrage over the refugee deaths.

Apr 20, 2015

Mediterranean disaster galvanizes EU to act over migrant crisis

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.

Many European governments have long been reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe, but they now face outrage over the refugee deaths.

Apr 19, 2015

Exclusive: EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.

In a frank reference to EU fears that saving more lives could mean trafficking gangs put more people to sea in unsafe craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday’s mass drowning, warned of a “pull-factor risk” from a naval mission — a risk more migrants would head for Europe.

Apr 19, 2015

EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

BRUSSELS, April 19 (Reuters) – The EU is considering sending
warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers
but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in
hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU
document seen by Reuters.

In a frank reference to EU fears that saving more lives
could mean trafficking gangs put more people to sea in unsafe
craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday’s mass drowning
, warned of a “pull-factor risk” from a naval
mission — a risk more migrants would head for Europe.

Apr 15, 2015

European Parliament votes to call 1915 Armenian killings genocide

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians a genocide, days after Pope Francis used the same term.

Although the resolution repeated language previously adopted by the parliament in 1987, it could raise tensions with Turkey, whose President Tayyip Erdogan said even before the vote took place that he would ignore the result.

Apr 14, 2015

Secretive military jets pose threat to civil planes-air safety watchdog

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – Military jets which fly over
Europe without identifying themselves pose a high risk to
civilian aircraft, aviation safety officials said in a report
published on Tuesday, after a spate of near-collisions involving
Russian warplanes.

The European Commission asked the European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) to investigate after recent reports of the
near-misses between commercial airliners and Russian military
planes flying without electronic identification.

Apr 13, 2015

Spain urges more cooperation with South to tackle attacks, migration

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Monday for stepped-up cooperation between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to confront illegal immigration and what he called “terrorist barbarism”.

Rajoy made the call at a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 EU countries and eight countries on the southern rim of the Mediterranean. It was the largest gathering of its kind since 2008.

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